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Homer - Alaska

Homer is a city located in Kenai Peninsula Borough in the U.S. state of Alaska. According to the 2010 Census, the population is 5,003. Long known as The “Halibut Fishing Capital of the World.” Homer is also nicknamed “the end of the road,” and more recently, “the cosmic hamlet by the sea.”

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Homer boasts of a wide variety of activities. There is something for everyone from extreme adventure, fishing, helicopter glacier landings, to relaxing at one of our many spas and wellness retreats. And if you are seeking a cultural experience, don’t miss our award-wining Pratt Museum, or the Islands & Oceans Visitor Center, your window to the largest seabird refuge in the world! The Center for Alaska Coastal Studies offers hands-on experiences providing a personal connection to one of the most ecologically diverse and productive places in the world.

In the summer on Wednesday and Saturday, you can stroll the Farmer’s Market where farmers sell local produce, flowers, honey and jam. Local artist and crafters showcase their one-of-a-kind jewelry, clothing, artwork and more.

Shop along Pioneer Avenue and experience art galleries, museums, a unique indoor market -Alaska’s Wild Market, restaurants and peony gardens. You will pass a variety of businesses all along Ocean Drive including two micro breweries as you head to the Homer Spit. The Homer Spit is a hub of activity in the summer with campgrounds, beaches, the boat harbor, fishing, lodging, restaurants and a jumping off point to across the bay. East End Road boasts of restaurants, a winery, potters and hiking trails. So, take time to explore it all.

Take a hint from our visitors who comment “This was the highlight of our Alaska trip.” or I wish “I had scheduled more time in Homer!”

Kasilof River

The Kasilof River (/kəˈsiːlɒf/ kə-SEE-lof) or Ggasilatnu in the Dena’ina language is a river on the western Kenai Peninsula in southern Alaska. The name is an anglicization of Reka Kasilova, the name given to the river by early Russian settlers in the area.[1] It begins at Tustumena Lake and flows northwest to Cook Inlet near Kasilof. The upper section of the river is very swift, with several sections considered Class II whitewater, and underwater hazards are difficult to detect, due to the silty nature of the glacial runoff that comprises most of the river. The entire river has powerful currents and is very cold. There is public access to the lower section from the Sterling Highway. Drift and bank fishing for salmon is popular on the lower Kasilof.

Kenai River

The Kenai River called Kahtnu in the Dena’ina language, is a river in the Kenai Peninsula of south central Alaska. It runs 82 miles (132 km) westward from Kenai Lake in the Kenai Mountains, through the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge and Skilak Lake to its outlet into the Cook Inlet of the Pacific Ocean near Kenai and Soldotna, Alaska.

The Kenai River [Kee-nye] is a meltwater river that drains the central Kenai Peninsula region. Its source is the Kenai Lake.[1] Near Cooper Landing, the lake narrows to form the river. About 12 miles (19 km) from the lake, the river passes through Kenai Canyon for about 2 miles (3.2 km) of fast-flowing whitewater rapids. The Russian River empties into the Kenai several miles west of Cooper Landing. 17.3 miles (27.8 km) from Kenai Lake, the river enters Skilak Lake. The Kenai to Skilak section is commonly referred to as the “Upper River”. The 19.5 miles (31.4 km) portion from Skilak Lake downstream to the Sterling Highway bridge near Soldotna is known as “Mid-River”. The final 21 miles (34 km) from the bridge to the mouth at Cook Inlet is known as the “Lower River”, where the flow is much gentler. The final 12 miles (19 km) are greatly influenced by changing tides.

Kenai Peninsula

The Kenai Peninsula is a large peninsula jutting from the southern coast of Alaska in the United States. The name Kenai is probably derived from Kenayskaya, the Russian name for Cook Inlet, which borders the peninsula to the west.

The peninsula extends approximately 150 miles (240 km) southwest from the Chugach Mountains, south of Anchorage. It is separated from the mainland on the west by Cook Inlet and on the east by Prince William Sound. Most of the peninsula is part of the Kenai Peninsula Borough. Gerasim Izmailov was the first European man to explore and map the peninsula in 1789, though Athabaskan and Alutiiq Native groups have lived on the peninsula for thousands of years.

The glacier-covered Kenai Mountains (7,000 ft/2,130 m) run along the southeast spine of the peninsula along the coast of the Gulf of Alaska. Much of the range is within Kenai Fjords National Park. The northwest coast along the Cook Inlet is flatter and marshy, dotted with numerous small lakes. Several larger lakes extend through the interior of the peninsula, including Skilak Lake and Tustumena Lake. Rivers include the Kenai River, famous for its salmon population, as well as the Russian River, the Kasilof River, and the Anchor River. Kachemak Bay, a small inlet off the larger Cook Inlet, extends into the peninsula’s southwest end, much of which is part of Kachemak Bay State Park